The first season of Big Little Lies was a tough, yet addictive watch. The complex lives of five women in Monterrey, California exemplified great drama. Based on the novel by Liane Moriarty, the HBO series featured a strong cast headlined by Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, and Zoe Kravitz. To create a second season, Moriarty had to scrape together a new story beyond her book. The end result was a product that fell short of the first iteration with one exception: newcomer Meryl Streep.
The Game of Thrones finale. Who would die? Who would survive? Who would sit on the Iron Throne? Before the Unburnt set King's Landing ablaze last week, this night was building up to be one of the most anticipated episodes in television history. After last week's episode, there was anger towards the writers and a stunning sense of apathy about the finale. The buildup was anti-climatic. The finale was similarly unsatisfying.
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This is the first post for Smart TV, a recurring blog series on television. New and old shows on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, premium channels, and network television will be reviewed each week.
The 2018-19 television season is finally getting into full swing. Many network, cable, and streaming TV shows debut or return in late August and September. Some will not survive October. Others will feed our weekly viewing habits. To create a guide for some of the TV you might like to check out, I narrowed down the wealth of programs and listed the shows that I will be watching this fall.
When looking at the “meh” summer box office, I thought of the TV shows that I binged over the past few months. It was a reminder of how much great TV there is. In many respects, television has surpassed the movie theater as the home of the best entertainment.
There are finally some True Detective developments that hint at an awesome new season. HBO’s anthology crime series had already announced that Mahershala Ali was the lead edition to its new cast. Just in time for the finale of Sharp Objects, HBO gave a first glimpse at the series by dropping a new trailer for Season 3 of True Detective.
Some old rivalries never die. Cobra Kai’s Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso are legendary adversaries. 34 years after the pair squared off in The Karate Kid, the two characters have not settled their differences. Thanks to the YouTube series Cobra Kai, we get to indulge in the martial arts rivalry one more time.
Earlier this week Daryl Hall announced that he would resume filming new episodes of Live From Daryl’s House in 2018. The award-winning show has been on hiatus since 2016. The series is a showcase for remarkable collaborations between the soul singer and guest artists. A look back at the best episodes of Live From Daryl’s House reveals how amazing the initial run of the series was.
In September of 2016 my wife and I decided to experiment with TV streaming services. Our Comcast cable bill was too high and we wanted to save a little money on our monthly budgets. At the time I had only heard of Sling TV. The balance of live sports, streaming quality, and diverse programming set off a cord cutting endeavor that we did not wrap up until this spring, when we finally found the best streaming service for cord cutters in the Philadelphia area.